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Eclectic and Electric

Read "Eclectic and Electric" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is kind of eclectic, what with music from the likes of Petter Eldh's European super group Koma Saxo taking jazz in a different direction, Reverse Winchester (rapper/poet Mike Ladd hooked up with the open tuning of guitarist Mathieu Sourisseau), a historical bit on the strange tale of Canadian drummer Claude Ranger, Miguel Zenon's continued exploration of music from his native Puerto Rico, and an extended live piece from the Bushwick Series at the Bushwick ...

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All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

Read "All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well. Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old Fashioned" from Last Minute Theory (Clean Feed) 08:05 Tony Malaby Palomo Recio “Glass" from Incantation Suite (Clean Feed) 17:30 Brandon Seabrook “Bovicidal" from Brandon ...

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Simon Nabatov / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway: Luminous

Read "Luminous" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Simon Nabatov, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Gerry Hemingway share many characteristics. All three serve as outstanding leaders in their own right, but also happen to be superlative improvisers. That latter trait that brings them together for the first time in an egalitarian summit on Luminous. This threesome was one of four new trios convened by Nabatov in 2015 as part of a project ..."still crazy after all these years" to celebrate his quarter century in the German city ...

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Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order

Read "Picking Order" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Simon Nabatov is a renowned improvising jazz pianist who possesses a hefty discography on Leo Records as a leader and session artist. At times his mode of execution summons a perspective of several tentacles flailing across the keyboard via a cavalcade of intriguing perspectives and much more. But with his Cologne-based trio, Nabatov renders a shift in strategy by leaning more towards conventional song-form initiatives. And from a holistic view, the band's output is often astonishing. The trio ...

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Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig: Equal Poise

Read "Equal Poise" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Russian born pianist Simon Nabatov has been composing since early childhood. His career has placed his residences in Italy, New York (where he studied at Juilliard), and Germany, where he finally settled. He has worked or recorded with Barre Phillips, Ray Anderson, Ed Schuller and, as a leader, has recorded in a variety of settings from solo to octet. Trombonist Nils Wogram has been one of Nabatov's frequent partners but the pianist's most unusual work has been Nature Morte (Leo, ...

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Simon Nabatov / Mark Dresser: Projections

Read "Projections" reviewed by John Sharpe

Projections captures an improvised duo encounter between émigré Russian pianist Simon Nabatov and Californian bassist Mark Dresser. Although they first played together as part of German composer Klaus Konig's Orchestra in 1992, it's taken until now for their first head to head. Both are masters of their respective instruments, articulate, persuasive and responsive. They come together in a busy, volatile set recorded live in 2014 at the Loft in Nabatov's adopted hometown of Cologne. The result is a dazzling series ...

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Simon Nabatov: Spinning Songs of Herbie Nichols

Read "Spinning Songs of Herbie Nichols" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A heralded outsider, Russian pianist Simon Nabatov imparts a personal spin on a selection of legendary jazz pianist Herbie Nichols' discography. Here, Nabatov performs solo, exuding his habitual creative sparks during these interrogations and investigations of Nichols' often-overlooked body of work. Featuring integrations of traditional jazz applications with austere classicism, bop, world-beat grooves and more, the pianist duly underscores Nichols' knotty rhythmic persuasions. Throughout, Nabatov tears down these compositions and re-engineers the various melodies and structures. With flourishing ...

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Simon Nabatov: Roundup

Read "Roundup" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With venerable band mates generating a sympathetic framework, Russian-reared/New York City-based pianist Simon Nabatov re-fabricates ambiances into slightly fragmented story lines on the superb Roundup. Featuring semi-structured tone poems spiked with dissonance, budding grooves, and intriguing dialogues among the players, Nabatov opens with a transcendent melody on “Sunrise, Twice."The pianist's cascading chord voicings and trickling right-hand patterns spawn a gradual shift to a faintly ominous vibe, treated with swirling choruses and rhythmic clusters. Underscored by trombonist Nils Wogram ...

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Simon Nabatov Trio with Mark Helias & Tom Rainey: Sneak Preview

Read "Sneak Preview" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Simon Nabatov enlivens the traditional piano trio format with this ambitious new effort titled, Sneak Preview. Along with the world beating rhythm section of bassist Mark Helias and drummer Tom Rainey, the Estonia native pursues Monk-ish accents and odd-metered rhythmic structures on the playful yet complex piece dedicated to soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy aptly titled, “For Steve”. Here, Nabatov exhibits muscularity and fluency while directing the band through subtle shifts in tempo and catchy hooks while Helias and Rainey ...


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